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Moths on the Flatbed Scanner: The Art of Joseph Scheer
Departments of Entomology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85743, USA
The Pollinator Partnership, 423 Washington St., San Francisco, CA 94111-2339, USA
Received: 24 October 2011; in revised form: 11 November 2011 / Accepted: 16 November 2011 / Published: 14 December 2011
Abstract: During the past decade a few artists and even fewer entomologists discovered flatbed scanning technology, using extreme resolution graphical arts scanners for acquiring high magnification digital images of plants, animals and inanimate objects. They are not just for trip receipts anymore. The special attributes of certain scanners, to image thick objects is discussed along with the technical features of the scanners including magnification, color depth and shadow detail. The work of pioneering scanner artist, Joseph Scheer from New York’s Alfred University is highlighted. Representative flatbed-scanned images of moths are illustrated along with techniques to produce them. Collecting and preparing moths, and other objects, for scanning are described. Highlights of the Fulbright sabbatical year of professor Scheer in Arizona and Sonora, Mexico are presented, along with comments on moths in science, folklore, art and pop culture. The use of flatbed scanners is offered as a relatively new method for visualizing small objects while acquiring large files for creating archival inkjet prints for display and sale.
Keywords: moths; Lepidoptera; flatbed scanners; scanography; entomology; art; Joseph Scheer, Institute of Electronic Arts, Alfred University
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Buchmann, S.L. Moths on the Flatbed Scanner: The Art of Joseph Scheer. Insects 2011, 2, 564-583.
Buchmann SL. Moths on the Flatbed Scanner: The Art of Joseph Scheer. Insects. 2011; 2(4):564-583.
Buchmann, Stephen L. 2011. "Moths on the Flatbed Scanner: The Art of Joseph Scheer." Insects 2, no. 4: 564-583.